Axios: “House Democrats plan to take advantage… with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.”
There’s no unity without accountability.
That’s why the DCCC is moving quickly to ensure voters across the country don’t forget that after Former President Trump and House Republicans like Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Paul Gosar (to name a few) whipped a QAnon mob into a murderous frenzy, more than two thirds of House Republicans caved to the mobs’ demands and attempted to throw out the results of a free and fair election.
As DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney told Axios last night, House Democrats are moving quickly to force vulnerable members to reckon with their colleagues responsible for “lighting the fuse that exploded on Jan. 6,” resulting in the death of 5 Americans, including a police officer.
This week that means calling on Republicans like Congressmen Mike Garcia, David Schweikert, and Brian Fitzpatrick to disgorge the campaign cash they have taken from Biggs, Gosar, and Brooks who have been named publicly by the mob’s main organizers as his key inside collaborators.
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By Lachlan Markay, January 21, 2021
House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.
…The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is focusing on three Republicans in particular: Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar of Arizona and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. An organizer of the “Stop the Steal” rally preceding the attack has said all three helped finance the gathering with their own campaign cash.
- DCCC will also target other Republicans to whom those three members steered campaign contributions.
- “Every penny of that should be sent back, if they are serious that the insurrection was unacceptable,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who chairs the DCCC, told Axios.
- They “were lighting the fuse that exploded on Jan. 6,” Maloney (D-N.Y.) added.
- The National Republican Congressional Committee declined to comment.
What’s happening: Among the other members the DCCC hopes to saddle with the financial and political fallout from the Capitol attack are Reps. Mike Garcia of California and David Schweikert of Arizona. Both voted against the election certification.
- Maloney said the effort will target vulnerable Republicans such as Pennsylvania’s Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. He didn’t vote against certification but took $2,000 from Biggs’ campaign committee in 2019.
- Brooks, Biggs and Gosar have steered campaign cash to dozens of additional colleagues over the last two election cycles. Biggs has also donated substantial sums to the NRCC.
Between the lines: The fallout from the violence is already taking a financial toll on Republicans involved with the decertification effort. Multiple Fortune 500 companies have paused their political giving for members who objected to certification.
The condemnation isn’t confined to corporations or the Democratic Party. Independent political groups have also sprouted up since last week.
…The bottom line: Robin Logsdon, the political consultant who formed the Sedition Accountability Project, told Axios he thinks the violence is a no-brainer political issue for Democrats.
- “I feel like the ads write themselves,” he said.